The Chenla Reset has Begun.
Welcome to the Chenla Reset. There is a lot going on, we are now moved and settled into our offices at the National Institute of Agriculture and Technology at Prek Leap, about 10km outside of Phnom on the banks of the Mekong River. We’ll be working with the school to do conferences, technical education and training and to start research and development programs.
You also may notice that we have a new logo. The chinese character in the logo is 萬 (vạn, or man), which means /ten thousand/. This is to show that our core mission is to work towards laying the foundation for reimagining human civilization as a networked, distributed multi-planet species for the next ten thousand years. You also might have noticed that this echo’s the http://longnow.org’s logo used X̅ (the Roman Number for ten thousand).
Our original mission was to build a library that would be a companion to the LongNow’s ten thousand year clock. But over time we realized that stone tablets could accomplish this. We became more interested in the idea of how to preserve context as part of what was being stored in the library to preserve meaning. This brought us to the realization that knowledge, as opposed to data or information, which is what civilization is built on, must be retained in living memory.
Working out how to preserve the knowledge required to maintain civilization led us inevitably to the understanding that civilization and the knowledge that makes it up are just two sides of the same coin. You can’t have one without the other. This has brought us to where we are today, with a broader (impossibly ambitious) but very focused mission to not just preserve knowledge as a side effect, but to create knowledge which will manifest itself as a civilization. The knowledge is the source code; civilization is just a compiled executable snapshot of the codebase.